|Compliance with the teacher evaluation law in Connecticut|
Richard C. Elliott
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COMPLIANCE WITH THE TEACHER EVALUATION LAW IN CONNECTICUT
Richard C. Elliott
The purpose of this study was to analyze the extent to which selected school districts in Connecticut have developed and implemented programs of staff evaluation and staff development which are in compliance with the requirements of the Teacher Evaluation Law CGS 10-151b, which was passed by the state legislature in 1974. The results of the analysis were compared to reports which the districts have submitted to the CSDE regarding compliance, and this comparison will serve as a basis for recommendations to the CSDE regarding problems associated with compliance and regarding the future monitoring of school district compliance.
This was a field study which essentially involved conducting four case studies of school districts to determine the success and problems which the districts had encountered in planning and implementing programs of teacher evaluation which were consistent with CSDE guidelines for implementing the requirements of the StateÆs teacher evaluation law. The study was conducted in connection with a bigger study being undertaken by the Horace Mann-Lincoln Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, to assist the CSDE to devise a system to monitor school district compliance with the StateÆs teacher evaluation law.
On the basis of the four case studies, the following conclusions were drawn:
1. The Connecticut Teacher Evaluation Law CGS 10-151b had a positive, constructive effect on local school districts.
2. The CSDE and its Teacher Evaluation Committee provided important assistance to local districts, but state leadership, support and monitoring should have been more aggressive.
3. The CSDE monitoring system has not provided an accurate picture of school district compliance with the new Teacher Evaluation Law in Connecticut.
These conclusions and related findings in the study provide a basis for making the following recommendations to the Connecticut State Department of Education.
1. The CSDE should delegate more responsibility for monitoring district compliance with the new Teacher Evaluation Law to local Boards of Education.
2. The CSDE monitoring system and the districtÆs self-report should be simplified and focus more on problems and needed assistance in connection with compliance and less on the oversimplified and usually misleading estimations of percentages of compliance.
3. The CSDE should use its Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee in providing leadership and in planning and providing the assistance and resources which will stimulate and facilitate the work of local school districts in the further development refinement and implementation of their teacher evaluation programs.